Posted March 3rd, 2013, 04:33 PM
Not to hijack the thread because i do think it pertains to OP. We are going to be docked in alesund for 12hrs. Based on the cruise excursions (what I normally base our family activities off of.) Lots of shopping and admiring the town but not much else listed.
With that much time I'd love for our very active family to hike or kayak but shopping for.12hours is not an option.
So I'd love some suggestions for alesund/geiranger
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12 hours in Aalesund it lots of time. I guess the long stay is because of tours to Geiranger, The Troll road etc.
Walking around town is pleasant but it can easily be done in an hour or so.
If you like to hike you should walk the 418 steps up to the mountain of Aksla.
There is a viewpoint and restaurant at Aksla and this is where you will get a panoramic view of the town and the surrounding islands, fjords and mountains.
It well worth a visit.
There is a company arranging Wildlife sea safaris, trips by RIB etc. They also have kayaks and bikes for rental.
If you are interested in history you can visit the Sunnmore Museum.
Its located a 5 minutes drive/20 minutes bike ride outside town.
Most of the museum is set outdoors in beautiful surroundings and it contains mostly old houses, farms etc - it will tell you the history of the people that lived in the area hundred of years ago.
Other places that might be worth a visit is the Atlanterhavs park which is a large aquarium.
You could also visit the islands outside Alesund - Giske and Alnes is interesting remote and rugged.
In Geiranger you can also rent kayaks. I have never done this but it must be wonderful to kayak in the fjord.
In Geiranger you also have many hikes.
One of a favorite is the hike to a waterfall which you can walk behind.
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